EFNEP helps limited-resource families and youth improve their eating behaviors and contributes to other personal development skills through behaviorally focused nutrition education. The program is administered by Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension, and is supported by USDA's National Insitute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Smith-Lever funds.
The desired outcomes of our education are as follows:
EFNEP programming in New Jersey follows the USDA's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) teaching model, i.e., it provides nutrition education through paraprofessionals (Community Assistants) who are peer educators, indigenous to the target population. In New Jersey, adult education in the EFNEP program is accomplished through classes that meet all of the following criteria; they are:
To receive a graduation certificate from the NJ EFNEP program, adults must attend at least 6 classes as outlined above.
Youth programming, in New Jersey has the same requirements as adult programming, with two exceptions. Classes can contain up to 25 children per Community Assistant in pre-organized youth groups, and may meet for a minimum of 30 minutes, rather than one hour when a full hour is not available. Pre-school programs may meet 15-20 minutes.
EFNEP provides educational programming in the following counties:
The NJ Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program serves audiences not served by the NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP-Ed). In Fiscal Year 2008, we delivered classes to 3,129 adults and 6,397 youth. Racial breakdowns for adults and youth, respectively, were: 46% and 43% Black; 41% and 42% Hispanic; 19% and 8% White; 2% and 1% Asian; 1% and 1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders; and, 5% and 15% American Indian or Alaskan Native. For census purposes, 100% of New Jersey is categorized as urban. Eighty-three percent of our education efforts occurred in central cities of over 50,000; 3% occurred in suburbs of over 50,000 people; and 14% occurred in towns and cities of 10,000 - 50,000 people.
We have employed approximately 22 educators to disseminate the nutrition education lessons; 446 volunteers assisting in programmatic delivery. Again, the EFNEP program hires paraprofessionals who reflect the diversity of our participants with 41% of our paraprofessionals being African American, 55% being Hispanic, and 14% Caucasian.
From a survey administered to 2,084 (52%) of the adults who completed our program by attending 6 or more classes:
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